• Man's bond on sex charges: $4 million

    A man accused of molesting acquaintances' daughters during visits to his home is facing four charges and a $4 million bond to get out of jail.

    James Lambert, 65, of Fanning Springs, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, by Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Jay Crooms.

    The Sheriff's Office was contacted in August by a parent of the two children who reside outside the county, according to a sheriff's press release.

  • Duo faces underage alcohol sales charge

    A citizen's tip that minors were able to buy alcoholic beverages sparked an investigation that has resulted in two arrests of convenience store clerks.

    The tip to the Levy County Sheriff's Office came from a parent who said they recently discovered their underage child was purchasing beer from a local convenience store.

    The Sheriff's Office contacted the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) which regulates sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

  • What the abbreviations in the arrest reports mean

     n Driver’s License–DL

    n Driving While License Suspended or Revoked–DWLSR

    n Driving Under the Influence–DUI

    n Failure to Appear–FTA

    n Released on Own 

    n Recognizance–ROR

    n Resisting With 

    n Violence–RWV

    n Resisting Without Violence–RW/OV

    n Violation of Probation–VOP

  • Florida Highway Patrol seeks help in hit-and-run crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in solving a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Friday, Sept. 25, at approximately 8:40 p.m. when a vehicle collided with a motorcyclist on U.S. Highway 27A and left the scene.

    Daniel A. Montalbano, 36, of Bronson, was westbound in the left lane of US 27A when an unidentified vehicle traveling south on Wilson Avenue turned left onto US 27 into Montalbano's path.

    Montalbano was unable to avoid a collision striking the rear of the vehicle.

  • Driver cited in crash that affected traffic light box

    The traffic light at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. 27A in Bronson was not functioning for most of Tuesday, Sept. 22 after a driver entered the intersection while the light was still red and collided with another vehicle that took out the traffic light’s control box.

    Caeli Woodard, 17, of Bronson, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Venture and stopped behind another vehicle on SR 24, while the light was red.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Oct. 1

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    •Sept. 26, Jessee Carroll Baggett Jr., 35, Williston, DUI alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana, possession and/or use of drug equipment. Bond $13,000.

    •Sept. 24, Jonathon Beau Bender, 20, Chiefland, VOP.

    •Sept. 21, Kerry Leann Bush, 35, out of county warrant.

    •Sept. 27, Cory Taylor Chadwick, 29, Chiefland, brawling. Bond $2,000.

    •Sept. 23, John Champion, 26, Chiefland, robbery with weapon.

  • Burglary investigation leads to five arrests, meth lab

    The Levy County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a Chiefland resident's complaint about a burglary at a shed on his property must have thought it was their lucky day as they ended up arresting five people and discovering a methamphetamine lab.

    On Friday, Sept. 11, Chiefland resident said his shed had been broken into within the last 18 hours. Deputies learned guns, ammunition and tools had been taken when the burglars cut locks and forced the door off the tracks to gain entry.

  • Chiefland woman charged in stabbing of relative

    An argument over who would care for an elderly relative escalated and ended with one person stabbing the other with a box cutter, according to a Chiefland Police Department report.

    Lasonya Denise Collins, 46, of Baxley, Ga., then transported the elderly relative to North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville where she was later arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Chiefland Police Department.

  • Suspected meth dealer arrested

    A man walking along Southeast 144th Place near Inglis on Thursday, Sept. 17 about 2:30 a.m. got a ride to a place with beds and food, but it was not his expected destination as sheriff's deputies arrested him and transported him to the Levy County jail on drug charges.

    Patrick A. Lookingbill, 28, appeared to be intoxicated and Levy County Drug Task Force deputies stopped to check on his welfare.  They conducted a pat-down search of Lookingbill for weapons and recovered a folding knife. 

  • Traffic stop nets drug arrest

    Deputies from the Levy County Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 model Ford dually truck for erratic driving after it had been spotted earlier at an inactive clandestine methamphetamine lab site.

    Deputies noticed the vehicle's driver Reinhard Bailey, 60, of Dunnellon had lye and two containers of Coleman camp fuel in plain view in the vehicle. Both substances are used in the process of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine.